Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce
Business Connection
June 2011
In This Issue
New Members
Upcoming Events
From the President
Speaker Series
Try It Local
Needham Bank Small Business Seminar Series
Thomas O'Rourke Elected President of MACCE
Member Spotlight
Trip to Portugal


New Members  


Edward Jones - Sharon


Fallon Associates - Milton


Greater Boston Home Health Care Services - Norwood




Member News


Lynn Tokarczyk, Government Incentives Consultant, was elected to the Executive Committee of Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM), at the organization's 96th Annual Meeting on Friday, May 13th at the Waltham Westin Hotel.


Tokarczyk, a long time AIM member and a Board of Directors member, is President of Business Development Strategies, Inc. (BDS), a Medway-based company that provides government incentives consulting services to some of the state's most prestigious businesses. She has been an integral contributor to AIM's efforts to support legislative amendments to enhance the state's business climate. Tokarczyk's ability to effectively negotiate tax incentives and nurture relations between business and government has generated millions of dollars worth of economic advantages and expansion opportunities for growing businesses in Massachusetts.


For the latest Member News click here



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Upcoming Chamber Events 



HR Council

June 2, 2011 8:00am

NVCC Office

190 Vanderbilt Avenue

Norwood, MA


Speaker Series with State Treasurer, Steve Grossman 

June 10, 2011 7:45-9:15am

Four Points Sheraton

1125 Route 1

Norwood, MA


Speed Networking

June 14, 2011 7:45-9:15am

Buca Di Beppo

233 Elm Street

Dedham, MA


"Let's Talk About Driving"

June 17, 2011 1:30-3:30pm

Norwood Senior Center

275 Prospect Street

Norwood MA


Business After Hours

June 23, 2011 5:30pm

The Preserve

100 Hilltop Drive

Walpole, MA 


To register for June events  click here  





Did you know that the Chamber offers FREE business counseling services at our offices?  

The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) Network (MSBDC) provides free and confidential business advisory services.  For more information on the MSBDC or to make an appointment to meet with a counselor at the NVCC Office, visit their website or call (508) 673-9783.

NVCC offers free SCORE COUNSELING at the NVCC    office on Thursdays, by appointment. 


To register call (781) 769-1126. 


From the President


A Community of Businesses


I had the opportunity to speak before the Neponset Valley Sunrise Rotary Club recently, and it reminded me why I enjoy what I get to do tom-rotaryeveryday.  As a former Rotarian I am very familiar with the role that clubs like Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions and others play in our society.  However, hearing of the activities of the NVSRC (and last month the Canton Rotary) brought back just how important and impactful these organizations are to our communities.  Many of these clubs today are unfortunately rather small (10 - 50 members) yet they are a great example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.  From pancake breakfasts to duck races, to community auctions their activities bring people together and raise money for the neediest of the needy right in our backyards.  And of course they do it all as volunteers.


It's no coincidence that many members of these service clubs are also members of the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce.  For we too are a community organization.  In fact, we are a community of businesses.  Businesses that are no doubt interested in building and growing their business, but also interested in supporting their local community.


Consequently, I am very pleased to share two new community-minded initiatives we recently began here at the NVCC.  Our Board of Directors has agreed that for each of our major events (Golf Outing, Flavors of the Neponset Valley, Annual Meeting) we will partner with a local non-profit organization in order to provide some component of giving back as part of the event.  For example, Flavors is all about food, so we may host a food drive in conjunction with that event.  At another event, it could be a clothing drive or like our Golf Outing last year and this year it is simply a cash donation to a deserving organization.  Of course we are not the United Way, in fact we too are a non-profit, but we recognize that we can still contribute time, money, or other resources regularly.   I do hope that you will support us in those efforts.


The other way we can help our local non-profits is through our new online Community Calendar.  If you go to the Calendar section of nvcc.com you will find a link to the Community Calendar on the right hand side of the page.  Here, local non-profits can submit their own events (at no cost) directly onto the website to be viewed by the entire community.  Since non-profits are one of the largest sectors of members we have, we are very pleased to offer this service.  We hope you will check it often to see what's happening. 


As a member of the NVCC you are a part of a local "Community of Businesses" that supports each other and supports the important organizations that make our communities as strong and vibrant as they are.  Go ahead, give yourself a pat on the back!




Tom O'Rourke

President and CEO


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Speaker Series - State Treasurer, Steve Grossman


Massachusetts State Treasurer, Steven Grossman will speak at the Four Points Sheraton on June 1Steve Grossman0, 2011 7:45am in the second of the NVCC's Annual Speaker Series. 


Treasurer Grossman is committed to using the full potential of the Treasurer's office to protect the public's money, help create jobs, boost small businesses, and bring new standards of transparency and disclosure to state government.


Throughout his career, he has had an unshakable commitment to recruiting, hiring, and retaining the most qualified people, based on merit, and will be on hand to discuss the state of the Commonwealth's economy and its effects on business and individuals' everyday lives.


 Breakfast is included.


Four Points Sheraton

1125 Route 1

Norwood, MA

To register click here                                        

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Try it local 


The Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce is launching Try It Local, an online discount program where businesses can generate revenue and drive new customers to their door with no risk.  Try It Local brings together Chamber members and local consumers with one deeply discounted offer at a time.


Here's how it works:


  • The Chamber features an offer from a member business that has a discount of 40% off or more for a product or service.


  • The offer is delivered to Try It Local subscribers via email, the Chamber's Facebook page, Twitter page and TryItLocal.com.


  • The featured member business collects 70% of each day's total sales and is charged no fees for the promotion.


See how it works by clicking the video.      Try it local vid


To feature your own business deal, simply fill out this form by clicking here and a representative will contact you to iron out the details regarding your offer.


We hope you're as excited as we are about this new program.  For more information about Try It Local contact the Chamber at 781.769.1126 or email Tom O'Rourke at tom@nvcc.com.




Needham Bank Small Business Seminar Series - Department of Justice Criminal Information Services


Attorney Critsley joins us to discuss all the recent changes to Massachusetts law and how they directly affect you and your business on July 12, 2011 at the offices of Gray, Gray & Gray.

Attorney Georgia K. Critsley has been the General Counsel of the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) since 2008.  As General Counsel, she DCJISprovides guidance to the organization on public policy, substantive legal issues, legislative matters and general agency administrative issues.  She also was a member of the team that drafted the CORI Reform provisions that Governor Patrick signed into law in August 2010.  


Attorney Critsley is currently working on implementing the provisions of CORI Reform and redrafting DCJIS' regulations within the Massachusetts Business Community and will share with you the changes mandated by the reform and be on hand to answer your questions and address any concerns.

Please join us for this very important seminar; this is one you cannot afford to miss.

Breakfast is included.


Gray, Gray & Gray

34 Southwest Park

Westwood, MA

$20 Members, $30 Non-members

To register click here 



NVCC President to lead State Organization


Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce president, Thomas O'Rourke was recently elected to serve as president of the Massachusetts Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE).   MACCE is a volunteer led association that represents over 100 chambers of commerce throughout the Commonwealth.


The main purposes of MACCE are to develop and encourage high standards of service and conduct by Chamber executives; to broaden public understanding of the importancTom O'Rourkee of Chambers of Commerce in the local as well as national economy; to advance professional growth of chamber professionals; to strengthen the voice of business in Massachusetts by encouraging the adoption of a legislative agenda that has a positive impact on business.


"It's an honor to be chosen by my colleagues to lead MACCE.  I know I've learned a great deal from my involvement in the organization and look forward to increasing the collective voice of the business community through our work at MACCE," said O'Rourke.


O'Rourke, a Norwood native, has been in the chamber of commerce profession for over 15 years.  Prior to coming to the Neponset Valley Chamber he served as president of the Newton-Needham and Plymouth Area Chambers. 






The Last Hurrah for Norwood High School


Recognizing that many NVCC members may have attended Norwood High School we wanted to share the following information with you about the upcoming farewell event for the old high school.  


 Additionally, Chanorwood highschoolmber members have been asked to serve as guest bartenders for the evening.  I plan to do this myself and invite any other Norwood High grads to join me.  Your admission is free and you will be serving just beer and wine for a two hour shift.  It's a great way to see people, enjoy the evening and get the Chamber's name out there in a positive way.  



The proceeds from the event, as well as from the souvenir items that will be offered, will go to help build the concession stand that was not in the plans to be rebuilt with the new school. 


Tom O'Rourke


Saturday, June 11, 2011

7-11:30pm ticketed night event *must be 21 or over 


For more information or to purchase tickets click here.  If you would like to attend for free as a bartender, please let me know at tom@nvcc.com.



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Trip to Portugal Information Session - Tuesday, August 9, 2011


The Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that it will be Portsponsoring a trip to sunny Portugal from April 13 - 22, 2012.  This exclusive travel opportunity is open to all Chamber members, their employees, families and the general public. 


The trip will take you to the Estoril Coast and the Algarve regions of Portugal.  Also included are a Folkloric Dinner Show, Jeronimo's Monastery, Lisbon, Evora and an optional trip to Fatima.  Per person rates start at $2,799 double occupancy and include round-trip airfare from Logan, air taxes, fees and surcharges, hotel and 14 meals (8 breakfasts, 6 dinners).


There will be an information session on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 5:30pm at the NVCC Office. Representatives from Collette Tours will be on hand to make a presentation and answer questions.




190 Vanderbilt Avenue

Norwood, MA

To register click here 

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Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce

190 Vanderbilt Avenue

Norwood, MA 02062

(781) 769-1126